Meet the team

The Chamber team is professional, friendly and helpful. We know, because our members told us!

You can contact us through the generic team address, or individually through our details below. The Chamber board and its policy council are elected by the wider Chamber membership at the annual AGM.

All members of the Chamber board are also members of the Chamber policy council. The council works with the Chamber team to develop Chamber policy and opinion on issues important to the business community.

Staff

Staff

Chief Executive

    • Robert Collier
    • Chief Executive
    • robert.collier@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 911
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      Robert Collier Chief Executive

      Robert Collier joined the Chamber as Chief Executive in April 2009. Prior to joining the Chamber he was an independent consultant, Marketing Director of Parkdean Holidays, Managing Director of RGIT in Aberdeen and the CEO of Tourism South-East.

      He is a member of the Board and Council of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce; a member of the Boards of Arts & Business Scotland, Aberdeen Inspired and ACHT; a member of the Energy Jobs Taskforce; and sits on the City Centre Regeneration, Energetica and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) steering groups.

      On behalf of the interests of members of the Chamber, he attends a variety of other groups and committees to put the business case.

    • Janice Stirling
    • PA to Chief Executive
    • janice.stirling@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 911
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      Janice Stirling PA to Chief Executive

      Janice joined the Chamber in August 2013 after working at Aberdeen Journals where she was the Press & Journal Editor’s secretary. During her time at Aberdeen Journals she held several secretarial positions working mainly for senior managers and directors.

      Janice’s main role at the Chamber is to provide a full range of PA support to the CEO and to assist the Finance and Administration Director regarding company-secretary duties and HR administration. She also provides support to the Chamber’s President.

Membership membership@agcc.co.uk

    • Liam Smyth
    • Membership Director
    • liam.smyth@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 920
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      Liam Smyth Membership Director

      As Membership Director, Liam brings extensive operational, marketing and commercial experience to the team. He is well networked across the north-east of Scotland and further afield through the International Chamber Network.

      As well as growing membership through active engagement, he is responsible for the commercial success of our training, events, communications and International trade teams. He is a member of the board.

      As part of his role he represents Chamber members on a range of public and private sector bodies. He is an experienced chair, presenter and panellist at business and broadcast events, and has extensive experience in media and communications.

    • Teresa Bremner
    • Membership Network Manager
    • teresa.bremner@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 963
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      Teresa Bremner Membership Network Manager

      Teresa started her career in 1985 with Clydesdale Bank and enjoyed 28 years service within the bank.

      She qualified to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was Cemap accredited, with roles as private relationship manager and regional deposit partner pulling on Teresa's strong business development and customer relationship skills.

      She also held a management role with Regus, business services and serviced office providers, before joining the Chamber in September 2014.

      As membership network manager, Teresa is the lead contact for the business services, property and finance members. Her focus is on new acquisition and retention through the continual improvement of services provided to all members.

    • Fiona Fernie
    • Membership Network Manager
    • fiona.fernie@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 937
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      Fiona Fernie Membership Network Manager

      Originally from Inverness, Fiona came to Aberdeen in 2001 to study at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating with an MA(Hons) Management Studies in 2005, she began her career working for local business activitymix. In 2007, she accepted a post at the Chamber of Commerce, working in a business development role initially before taking management responsibility of the commercial training function. In October 2012, Fiona took on the role of membership network manager.

      Fiona shares a strong professional network in a variety of industries and a real passion to help businesses grow and develop. She focuses on membership acquisition and retention across the region with a current remit for all third sector and culture and creative members. Fiona also leads the implementation of the Chamber’s new CRM system which allows stronger and more effective engagement with all members.

    • Mary Holland
    • Membership Network Manager
    • mary.holland@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 903
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      Mary Holland Membership Network Manager

      Mary joined the Chamber in January 2013 as a membership network manager.

      She started her career as a graduate recruit with BP in Aberdeen in 1987. Since then, she has worked in a wide range of management, service provision and project roles across private, public and third sector organisation in the North-east of Scotland. These have included BP, Amerada Hess, Common Purpose, Grampian Police, Capita Health Solutions and the Wood Family Trust.

      An experienced professional with a strong customer focus and value driven ethos, Mary is delighted to be part of the team at AGCC working to improve the services provided to members.

    • Seona Shand
    • Membership Network Manager
    • seona.shand@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 929
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      Seona Shand Membership Network Manager

      Seona worked in office support before event management, working with some of the world’s best known speakers then on to the voluntary sector engaging corporate partners and managing some of the most admired charitable events. 

      She brings a wealth of experience with a strong customer focus and acts as a primary interface focussing on the energy, finance and transport sectors. 

      Seona is responsible for the overall management of a first-class events portfolio and supporting the research & policy team providing first class market intelligence, research services and policy consultations impact. 

      Seona manages the relationships with Premier Partners, sponsors and ambassadors and oversees the prestigious Northern Star Business Awards.

    • Lee-Ann Stewart
    • Membership Network Assistant
    • lee-ann.stewart@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 915
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      Lee-Ann Stewart Membership Network Assistant

      Lee-Ann completed a HNC in Administration and Information Technology at Aberdeen College in 2011. 

      After a short spell of temporary work as an administrator, Lee-Ann joined the EIC where she stayed for three years as events & communications co-ordinator. In this role Lee-Ann assisted in the planning and facilitating of several events including a number of business presentations as well as corporate entertainment. Lee-Ann joined the Chamber in September 2014 as membership network assistant where she provides support to the membership network managers, membership director and acts as the conduit between members and the Chamber.

Events events@agcc.co.uk

    • Kim Stephen
    • Events Team Leader
    • kim.stephen@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 922
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      Kim Stephen Events Team Leader

      Kim graduated with a MA (hons) in Finance from the University of Aberdeen in 2009. 

      After working with a local law firm to arrange their 125 years in business celebrations, Kim realised her interest in the events industry. After graduating and following a short spell temping, Kim joined the EIC as events and communications co-ordinator. Kim joined the Chamber in October 2011 and is now the events team leader, responsible for providing a comprehensive calendar of events from Business Breakfasts to Lunch n Learns.

    • Claire Gordon
    • Events Executive
    • claire.gordon@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 912
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      Claire Gordon Events Executive

      Claire graduated with a BA (hons) in Management with Marketing at Robert Gordon University in 2013 then went onto work as a marketing assistant for an HR company based in Aberdeen. 

      She then joined the Chamber of Commerce in October 2014 as events executive where she currently helps to organise a varied calendar of events, in particular managing the planning of the Chamber Lunch ‘n’ Learns, Women Mean Business series, Speed Networking, City and Shire Connections

Training training@agcc.co.uk

    • Susan Staniforth
    • Training Team Leader
    • susan.staniforth@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 917
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      Susan Staniforth Training Team Leader

      Susan joined in January 2012, having previously account managed a large geographical territory and responsible for over £1million of IT training revenue. 

      With a strong background in sales and customer service, there is a wealth of experience to draw on while enjoying the unique experience of working with the teams at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

      One of the most gratifying aspects of the role is the positive comments given via our delegate evaluations and the repeat bookings on courses.

    • Valerie Tosh
    • Training Executive
    • valerie.tosh@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 902
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      Valerie Tosh Training Executive

      Valerie joined the Chamber as training co-ordinator working within the business services and training team. In her role she is responsible for all administration for the training, VQ and business mentoring teams. 

      Valerie has previously worked in various administration roles throughout her career and hopes to gain a broader knowledge within the business services industry.

    • Lucie Buresova
    • Skills & Training Assistant
    • lucie.buresova@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 927
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      Lucie Buresova Skills & Training Assistant

      Lucie joined the award-winning Chamber in November 2014. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management in 2010 in the Czech Republic. After moving to Scotland, she worked in retail and hospitality.

      She is here to help you with your training queries. Together with Valerie, Lucie is responsible for the smooth running of the training courses A-Z. 

Vocational Qualifications

    • George Brand
    • Vocational Qualifications Team Leader
    • george.brand@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 914
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      George Brand Vocational Qualifications Team Leader

      George joined the Chamber in 1989 and now manages their Vocational Training Team of assessors and internal verifiers. He has extensive occupational experience and qualification in delivery, assessment, internal and external verification of a range of N/SVQs offered by the Chamber, and adopts a practitioner approach, by assisting senior managers and directors towards the achievement of higher qualifications in Management and Learning & Development.

      George’s present responsibilities include building on the existing client network, also liaison with business focus groups and funding authorities. 

    • Ann Foster
    • Vocational Qualifications Lead Assessor
    • ann.foster@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 933
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      Ann Foster Vocational Qualifications Lead Assessor

      Ann’s remit is to assist in the planning, delivery and expansion of the Vocational Qualification programmes provided by the Chamber.

      She brings a broad range of occupational experience in service provision, management and business development within private, public and third sector organisations in the UK and overseas.

Communications info@agcc.co.uk

    • Joanna Fraser
    • Communications Team Leader
    • joanna.fraser@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 926
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      Joanna Fraser Communications Team Leader

      Joanna Fraser worked in journalism for many years, at the Press and Journal and more recently at the BBC. Returning to Aberdeen in 2010, she held a variety of positions in the oil and gas sector before joining the Chamber in May 2013.

      She leads the communications team, with responsibility for the Business Bulletin, website, enews as well as the Chamber’s presence on social media. She maintains the Chamber’s strong reputation in the media and oversees the organisation’s marketing and branding.

    • Keiran Smart
    • Communications Executive
    • keiran.smart@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 934
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      Keiran Smart Communications Executive

      Keiran graduated with a BDes (Hons) in Graphic Design from Gray’s School of Art in 2012. Prior to joining the Chamber, Keiran worked for a local design consultancy and PR company before joining the communications team at the Chamber in August 2014.

      His role is to design and produce the diverse range of visual communications of the Chamber which include the bulletin, flyers and infographics. Coming from a creative background, Keiran adds the flair to the visual communications.

    • Imogen Sherrit
    • Communications Assistant
    • imogen.sherrit@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 918
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      Imogen Sherrit Communications Assistant

      Imogen is a student of International Business Management at RGU and has joined the team at AGCC for her third year placement.

      She takes on the role of communications assistant, which involves updating the Chamber website, and circulating updates across social media accounts and enews bulletins.

    • Alex Muir
    • Media Sales Assistant
    • alex.muir@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 905
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      Alex Muir Media Sales Assistant

      Alex comes to the Chamber from a Business Telecommunications background, having previously worked with O2 and BT.

      Alex is our media sales assistant, and is your first point of contact for any questions regarding advertising in our Business Bulletin or on our website.

Research and Policy research@agcc.co.uk policy@agcc.co.uk

    • James Bream
    • Research and Policy Director
    • james.bream@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 904
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      James Bream Research and Policy Director

      James Bream joined the Chamber as research and policy director in January 2013, returning to his native North-east. He is accountable for leading all policy activities and leading the research unit to support the needs of members and the Chamber.

      James has a research background having worked for consultancy practices across the UK for 10 years with a focus on economic analysis. 

      During this time he managed high profile projects including economic impact research for sporting events such as UEFA Cup Finals and FINA world swimming championships. 

      Most recently, James worked for Business Stream as head of regulation and compliance, responsible for stakeholder management and supporting the efforts to create a competitive retail water market across the UK. 

    • Margaret Frazer
    • Research Manager
    • margaret.frazer@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343913
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      Margaret Frazer Research Manager

      Responsible at the Chamber for key account management, Margaret aims to develop the research team’s profile and its client base by providing a wealth of experience in both traditional and more innovative research techniques as well as strategy development for client businesses.

      Margaret’s career has spanned over 20 years within both the market research agency and strategic marketing consultancy environment, eight years of which was spent with the leading UK research agency Ipsos MORI. 

      She is a member of the Market Research Society (MRS) as well as being a member of the committee for the Scotland branch.

    • Emma Smalley
    • Research Team Leader
    • emma.smalley@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 913
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      Emma Smalley Research Team Leader

      Emma graduated with a BSc in Sport and Social Science from Loughborough University in 2003. She then went on to complete a Masters in Sport Psychology graduating in 2004. 

      Since university, Emma has always had a passion for research and after a stint with the NHS and completing some voluntary work for Harrogate District Hospital she went to work for a research agency in Wetherby. She took the lead on some large research projects and her clients included Audi, Leeds City Council and Mars chocolates. In 2009, Emma moved to Aberdeen and worked within research roles for both Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities.

      Emma’s role at the Chamber is to co-ordinate and deliver sector-specific research.

    • Judith Lyall
    • Research Assistant
    • judith.lyall@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 935
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      Judith Lyall Research Assistant

      Judith graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics and Management from Robert Gordon University in 2012. After completing her degree, Judith went on to study for a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) also at Robert Gordon University which she completed in December 2013. 

      During her time at university, Judith developed her research and analytical skills through a number of projects including her dissertations.

      Whilst studying for her Masters, Judith joined the Chamber in August 2013. Judith assists the research team in the execution of customer research, staff engagement and sector-specific research.

    • Kirsten Irvine
    • Research Assistant
    • kirsten.irvine@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 930
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      Kirsten Irvine Research Assistant

      Kirsten graduated with a BA (Hons) in Marketing and Psychology from Stirling University in 2012. 

      During her time at university, she developed her research and analysis skills through a variety of projects and dissertations, and also completed a research assistant placement at the University. She then completed a Masters in Consumer Psychology with Business at Bangor University in 2013.

      Kirsten joined the Chamber in June 2014 and supports the Chamber’s research unit, contributing to the execution of customer research, staff engagement and sector-specific research.

    • Irina Bonavino
    • Research and Policy Assistant
    • irina.bonavino@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343936
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      Irina Bonavino Research and Policy Assistant

      Irina graduated with a Masters in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from Robert Gordon University in 2014.

      After graduating with a Bachelors in International Relations, she worked for a professional services firm and delivered communications solutions to clients in the financial industry. She also developed analytical skills by doing research for a security risk consultancy and a foreign affairs thinktank.

      Irina joined the Chamber in April 2015 and supports the Chamber’s research and policy teams, preparing responses to policy and consultations and lobbying on behalf of members.

    • Rachel Elliott
    • Policy Executive
    • rachel.elliott@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 925
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      Rachel Elliott Policy Executive

      Rachel joined the Chamber in October 2012 and leads the Chamber’s work to ensure member’s voices are heard by politicians, government ministers and civil servants. Her role includes policy development and consultations with Chamber members and lobbying of local councillors, MSPs, MPs and MEPs.

      Rachel previously worked for a North-east MSP, supporting local campaigns, policy research and media relations. She has a first class honours degree in Publishing with Journalism.

Export Documentation documentation@agcc.co.uk

    • Lorraine Neish
    • Export Documentation Team Leader
    • lorraine.neish@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 908
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      Lorraine Neish Export Documentation Team Leader

      Lorraine previously worked in the Finance sector covering various roles over a 20 year period.

      Lorraine joined the Chamber in 2007 and is now the Export Documentation Team Leader. Her role in the chamber is to make the export documentation process as straightforward as possible for exporters.

    • Graeme Reid
    • Export Documentation Executive
    • graeme.reid@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 919
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      Graeme Reid Export Documentation Executive

      Graeme Reid is Certification Officer with responsibility for certifying various documents for the International Business Department. Graeme  gained over 20 years Shipping Office experience whilst employed with P&O Ferries.

    • Alexander Sim
    • Export Documentation Assistant
    • alexander.sim@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 921
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      Alexander Sim Export Documentation Assistant

      Alexander Sim is a Certification Documentation Assistant with responsibility for certifying various documents for the International Business Department. 

      He previously worked for Clydesdale Bank plc for over 34 years, the last 20 years working in their business banking section dealing with a wide cross section of business types and sizes.

    • Norma Davidson
    • Export Documentation Assistant
    • norma.davidson@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 960
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      Norma Davidson Export Documentation Assistant

      Norma joined the Chamber in 2011 after working in Customer Service with BT over 20 years. Norma’s role in the Documentation team is to certify various documents for International trade.

International trade internationaltrade@agcc.co.uk

    • Joan Young
    • International Trade Executive
    • joan.young@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 962
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      Joan Young International Trade Executive

      Prior to joining the Chamber Joan ran her own business, worked in a building society, administered editorial offices for ecological, psychological and neuropsychological peer-reviewed academic journals published by British and international publishers and had several administration roles with Aberdeenshire Council. At the Chamber she has responsibility for certifying various documents, providing advice and guidance to both AGCC and Africa Business Centre (ABC) members, assisting in the planning and organisation of outward trade missions to emerging and developed overseas markets alongsidealong welcoming inward delegations.

Finance

    • Gordon Prentice
    • Finance & Administration Director
    • gordon.prentice@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 909
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      Gordon Prentice Finance & Administration Director

      Gordon joined AGCC in 2006 and has considerable commercial and financial experience across all sectors. The first half of his career was in retail and telecommunications in different parts of the UK; Gordon then spent five years as an advisor with local public sector business support agencies before establishing his own consultancy practice.

    • Brenda Hay
    • Finance & Administration Team Leader
    • brenda.hay@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 906
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      Brenda Hay Finance & Administration Team Leader

      Brenda joined the Chamber in 1994 after working as a BT Operator and BT accounts and then as a cashier at the Nationwide Building Society.

      In her role as Finance Team Leader she oversees all invoicing, credit control and bank reconciliation and also assists the Finance and Administration Director with month end management accounts.

    • Isabel Grant
    • Finance & Administration Assistant
    • isabel.grant@agcc.co.uk
    • 01224 343 907
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      Isabel Grant Finance & Administration Assistant

      Isabel is the Chamber's longest serving member of staff, having joined the Chamber in 1966 from Aberdeen College. She works within the Chamber's finance team, with particular responsibility for processing all supplier invoices and payroll.

Board

Board

    • Edel Harris
    • President
    • info@agcc.co.uk
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      Edel Harris President

      Edel Harris joined Cornerstone as chief executive in May 2008 having previously been deputy chief executive of Aberdeen Foyer.  

      Her background is in health promotion, holding a first class honours degree in health and social care, she worked for NHS Grampian for many years.  Edel has significant experience in leading a commercial social enterprise and in developing new social care services. 

      Edel is a former chairman and now vice chair of the Life Changes Trust, trustee of The Fragile X Society and a board member of Aberdeen FC Community Trust. She is also a former chair of the Scottish Government’s Scottish Investment Fund.

    • Alec Carstairs
    • Immediate Past President
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      Alec Carstairs Immediate Past President

      Alec was a partner with Ernst & Young for 24 years with a focus on oil and gas transactions market and most recently was senior partner of the Aberdeen office. He retired from the firm in 2012 and now works on a consultancy basis with a small number of SMEs.  Alec is also a director of Vine Trust, a Scottish-based charity providing care to abandoned and orphaned children in Peru and Tanzania and a basic health service to 100,000 people in Amazonia and more recently on Lake Victoria, Tanzania.  In addition, he is a member of the Scottish board of Career Academies and chairs the North East committee.  This is a charity that provides business mentoring and internships for 16-18 year olds and links schools with businesses.

    • John Brebner
    • Vice President
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      John Brebner Vice President

      City Director - Aberdeen, Clydesdale Bank

      John has worked for Clydesdale Bank for 28 years. In 2007 he was appointed Managing Partner of the Banks Financial Solution Centre (FSC) in Aberdeen. In 2010 he took up the role of Area Director North of Scotland responsible for the Banks 5 FSC's in the North as well as heading the Corporate Banking Team based in Aberdeen.

    • Peter Sharp
    • Vice President
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      Peter Sharp Vice President

      Peter is a Partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons, and has over 25 years' experience in employment law.  With expertise in industrial relations and collective employment problems, Peter is recognised as a leading employment law adviser to the offshore oil & gas industry.

    • Carol Benzie
    • Managing director, Aberdeen International Airport Ltd
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      Carol Benzie Managing director, Aberdeen International Airport Ltd

      Carol is a qualified accountant heading up the operational functions at the airport, having formerly managed the financial and commercial teams. Prior to joining the airport, she worked for 6 years with local charity, Inspire. Carol also spent 10 years in the oil and gas industry, working with Schlumberger Oilphase, BP and Talisman via their Accenture contract.

    • David Mair
    • Group Sales and Business Development Director, Ferguson Group
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      David Mair Group Sales and Business Development Director, Ferguson Group

      David is Group Sales and Business Development Development Director for the Ferguson Group, a leading supplier of containers, accommodation and workspace modules to the global offshore energy industry. David has over 20 years' energy industry experience, his career to date has focused predominantly on commercial management, business acquisition and strategy development.

    • Alastair Green
    • Group Head of Strategy and Development, Wood Group
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      Alastair Green Group Head of Strategy and Development, Wood Group

      Ali has 30+years’ experience of the Oil & Gas industry with a demonstrable track record of delivery throughout his career. He is a member of the executive team of an international services contractor with multi-billion dollar revenues. In his current role he is responsible for strategy; M&A; business development; developing and maintaining relationship with key customers at executive level across the group.

    • Fiona Bayne
    • Head of Communications Upstream UK, Shell UK
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      Fiona Bayne Head of Communications Upstream UK, Shell UK

      Fiona has worked for Shell in Aberdeen for 9 years and has been Shell’s Head of Communications for their upstream operations in the UK since 2012. Before joining Shell, Fiona was a consultant providing senior counsel for companies such as Shell, BP and ExxonMobil.

      Her focus in her work in recent years has been managing reputation - working with communities and governments to responsibly deliver oil and gas projects – be it supporting Shell’s onshore and offshore operations in the UK or for large scale projects in places such as Azerbaijan, Georgia, Chad and Cameroon.

      Fiona gained a post-graduate degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh after graduating in economics from the University College of London.

      Mrs Bayne and her husband have two young daughters.

    • Jennifer Young
    • Chairman and partner, Ledingham Chalmers LLP
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      Jennifer Young Chairman and partner, Ledingham Chalmers LLP

      Jennifer believes that business in this area needs to be energetic and positive about meeting the challenges that we all face, whether economic, geographic, market-led or political. She sees the Chamber as continuing to play an integral role in achieving that

    • Jill Webster
    • Rubberatkins Limited
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      Jill Webster Rubberatkins Limited

      Jill has over 35 years’ experience as a director of SMEs as well as experience as provost of Aberdeenshire Council with its half a billion pound budget. She believes that her many connections through her public and corporate activities will be an enormous asset to the Chamber board,

    • Judith Thorpe
    • Co-owner and director, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Limited
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      Judith Thorpe Co-owner and director, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Limited

      Judith has worked in Aberdeen for 20 years, 17 as founding director of professional services company and member of the Chamber. Working with the full spectrum of organisations within Grampian, she is looking forward to using her network for the benefit of Chamber members.

    • Stephen Nicol
    • Chief financial officer ,Wood Group PSN
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      Stephen Nicol Chief financial officer ,Wood Group PSN

      Stephen relishes the opportunity to shape the strategic direction of the Chamber, and to share ideas, debate issues and take action to enable success for local businesses. He believes that being on the board will broaden his perspectives as he takes up his post as chief financial officer at Wood Group PSN.

Council

Council

Policy Council

    • Ian Yuill
    • Councillor - Aberdeen City Council
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      Ian Yuill Councillor - Aberdeen City Council

      Councillor Ian Yuill is Vice Convener of Aberdeen City Council's Finance and Resources Committee. A councillor for over 16 years, Ian has experience of working in both the private and third sectors. He is a Chartered Marketer, Member of the CIPR and Fellow of the RSA.

    • Barry Fraser
    • Executive Director - EY
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      Barry Fraser Executive Director - EY

      Barry is an Executive Director in the Oil & Gas team at EY, who has provided corporate finance advice to a broad range of companies over the last 17 years, advising them on strategy, acquisitions, disposals and all types of finance raising.  

      Barry is a Chartered Accountant and has been based in Aberdeen, London and Edinburgh.

    • Colin Campbell
    • Managing Director - Langstane Press
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      Colin Campbell Managing Director - Langstane Press

      Born in Aberdeen and educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Colin followed his father into the family business Langstane Press and became Managing Director in 1987. A Past President of the Rotary Club of Aberdeen, a Past President of the Aberdeen Association of Royal Warrant Holders and a Liveryman of The Worshipul Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in London. He has just begun his second term as an Assessor with the Burgesses of Guild and is currently a Trustee with VSA.

    • Graeme Watt
    • Director, FG Burnett
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      Graeme Watt Director, FG Burnett

      Graeme is a Director of property consultant F G Burnett. Industrial property is his forte providing, as he does, consultancy advice on agency and rent review matters. As well as the RICS, Graeme is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

    • Eileen McBay
    • Sales Manager, Eastern Airways
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      Eileen McBay Sales Manager, Eastern Airways

      Eileen, an Aberdonian educated at Albyn School Girls, has worked in the Oil & Gas industry and in the hospitality industry as a Sales Manager for Holiday Inn Bucksburn and local hotelier Stewart Spence.

      She then pursued a career in the Airline industry, working with Gill Airways before moving to North East England where she worked as Business Development/Account Manager for over 6 years with Air France and Air France KLM, before joining Eastern Airways in 2008.

      Eileen is a member of the Burgess of Guild and an Associate Member of Institute of Marketing.

    • Beverly Tricker
    • Managing Director, Tricker PR
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      Beverly Tricker Managing Director, Tricker PR

      Beverley is a member of the CIPR and the PRCA and one of only seven Scots to make it into the industry's definitive guide - The PR Powerbook. Beverley has built a reputation for offering creative PR and marketing solutions to her clients.

    • Kevin McCormick
    • Director, ARCHIE Foundation
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      Kevin McCormick Director, ARCHIE Foundation

      Kevin is MD of The McCormick Consultancy (Aberdeen) Ltd, specialists in marketing and PR communications, a role which he fulfils on behalf of The ARCHIE Foundation.

      A Fellow of the IOD he is a trustee of ARCHIE and Grampian Transport Museum, and a member of the Board of Governors of Lathallan School.

      He chairs the Chamber’s Skills Network Group and sits on the Board of the ‘Invest in Young People’ initiative.

    • Bill Beattie
    • Owner, Bill BT Ltd
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      Bill Beattie Owner, Bill BT Ltd

      Bill has recently started his own company Bill BT Ltd which has been set up to provide specialist development and construction advice as well as carrying out property developments.

      Although he started in the construction industry as a labourer, Bill Beattie was the Chief Executive of Bancon Developments Ltd and Chairman of Bancon Construction, Bancon Homes and Deeside Timberframe from 2001 to 2014.

      He is also an active Committee Member of the Chartered Institute of Building - Aberdeen Centre, having been its Chairman for 2009 and 2010

    • Carl Hodson
    • Commercial Director, Bluesky Business Space
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      Carl Hodson Commercial Director, Bluesky Business Space

      Carl started his working  life with RBS in Shetland  some 30 years ago and  is now currently the Commercial Director at Bluesky Business Space.

      Carl has a wide range of experience in local and regional businesses throughout his time in the North-east, but says his current role is his most rewarding.

    • Graeme Allan
    • Managing Partner - Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP
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      Graeme Allan Managing Partner - Anderson, Anderson & Brown LLP

      Graeme is Managing Partner at Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the leading independent firms of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. A tax specialist for over 15 years, Graeme was the first direct entry partner to AAB in 2007 having trained with PwC in Edinburgh before joining Stephen Hay & Associates as a Senior Manager. Graeme specialises in entrepreneurial taxes, corporate tax and owner-managed businesses and leads AAB’s specialist Expertise to Entrepreneurs (‘E2’) division in delivering innovative investment structures which provide the firm’s entrepreneurial client base a greater return on their investment.

    • Belinda Miller
    • Head of Economic Development, Aberdeenshire Council
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      Belinda Miller Head of Economic Development, Aberdeenshire Council

      Belinda Miller is the Head of Service for Economic Development at Aberdeenshire Council. She is responsible for delivering the conditions for economic growth in line with the Council's economic strategy.

      Prior to joining Aberdeenshire Council, Belinda was a Specialist Advisor for Renewable Energy with UK Trade and Investment, and Head of Economic and Environmental Sustainability for Aberdeen City Council. She has a background in energy, climate change and sustainable development. Belinda has also represented Scotland and the North East of Scotland on a range of national and international groups and events and has led a number oil and gas trade missions.

    • Alex Drummond
    • Senior Area Manager, Aberdeen & North Scotland Mid Markets, Bank of Scotland
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      Alex Drummond Senior Area Manager, Aberdeen & North Scotland Mid Markets, Bank of Scotland

      Alex is a key part of the Commercial Banking leadership team for the Mid Markets business of Bank of Scotland, servicing corporate clients with a turnover in excess of £25m across Aberdeen and North Scotland. Alex is also Director and Honorary President of Forfar Day Care Centre.

    • Tim Smith
    • Vice President Communications & External Affairs, BP Plc
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      Tim Smith Vice President Communications & External Affairs, BP Plc

      Tim graduated as a Geology and Mining Engineering and now has over 25 years oil and gas industry experience. In 2009, he was appointed Vice President Communications and External Affairs for BP's North Sea business across the UK and Norway.

    • Simpson Buglass
    • Partner, Graham & Sibbald
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      Simpson Buglass Partner, Graham & Sibbald

      Simpson is a chartered surveyor and partner in property consultant Graham & Sibbald. As well as his role on the Council, he is Honorary Consul for the Republic of Estonia and a member of the RICS Dispute Resolution Panel

    • Alan Rowe
    • Food and Drink Industry Specialist, University of Aberdeen
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      Alan Rowe Food and Drink Industry Specialist, University of Aberdeen

      Alan Rowe trained as a chemist, working in research before focusing on technology transfer where he has worked for more than 25 years. He joined the Rowett Research Institute in 1999. Since the Rowett merged with the University of Aberdeen in 2008 he has been responsible for wider interactions with the food and drink sector, maintaining a strong interest in innovation and the role of research in economic growth. He was a founding Director of Scotland Food and Drink, chairs its Innovation Group and is a member of the Executive Management Group.

    • Carolyn Maniukiewicz
    • Director, Ideas in Partnership Ltd
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      Carolyn Maniukiewicz Director, Ideas in Partnership Ltd

      Carolyn is the Director of  Ideas in Partnership,  which  she set up in  2002. The business is involved event management, project management, ideas generation, market research, marketing, business development and schools enterprise. Ideas in Partnership also runs the business mentoring programme for Aberdeen and Grampian and Perth Chambers, and owns Aberdeen Entrepreneurs.

    • Craig Stevenson
    • Centre Manager, Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre
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      Craig Stevenson Centre Manager, Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre

      Craig is Centre Manager for Bon Accord & St Nicholas Shopping Centre having had extensive retail experience as Store Manager of Bhs, House of Fraser and latterly Debenhams, where he won the Scottish Retail Award for Store Manager of the Year 2010.

    • John Michie
    • Partner, Charles Michie Chemists
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      John Michie Partner, Charles Michie Chemists

      John has been a Chamber Council member for over 20 years – He is a partner in the long established Charles Michie Retail Pharmacy Group, Chairman of :- IFB - Internet For Business ltd.; ACCA – Aberdeen City Centre Association ; BiD – Aberdeen's Business Improvement District and a Board member of ACSEF.

    • Derick Murray
    • Director, Nestrans
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      Derick Murray Director, Nestrans

      Derick Murray is the Director of Nestrans, with responsibility for the regional transport strategy for the North East of Scotland. An Aberdonian and graduate of Aberdeen University, Derick has 35 years’ experience in the transport field. 

      Employed in the Roads Department of Grampian Regional Council, Derick developed numerous road schemes across Aberdeen and was responsible for compiling Aberdeen City Council’s Capital Plan. Having developed the region's Modern Transport System with the first use of the Scottish Government’s transport appraisal guidance, which proved the case for the AWPR, Derick became the AWPR Managing Agent until the publication of Orders stage.

    • George Thom
    • Director, RBS Business Banking
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      George Thom Director, RBS Business Banking

      George Thom is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland and has 34 years experience in the Banking industry.  He started his career in Fraserburgh and is currently Director Business Banking, Aberdeen City & Shire with The Royal Bank of Scotland. George leads a team of local Business Relationship Managers who serve RBS's SME customers - Start Up businesses and growing & established businesses typically with turnover levels up to £2m.

    • Duncan Cameron
    • Group Performance Director, ARR Craib
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      Duncan Cameron Group Performance Director, ARR Craib

      Duncan is Group Performance Director at ARR Craib.  As part of the senior team he is responsible for identifying and delivering financial and people improvement throughout the business. Most of his 14 years’ experience in the transport sector was with Firstgroup plc where Duncan held the post of MD First Aberdeen between 2012 and 2014.

      Duncan was first elected to the policy council in 2012 and has been a Nestrans board member since 2014.

    • Gary Craig
    • Chief Executive - Aberdeen Inspired
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      Gary Craig Chief Executive - Aberdeen Inspired

      Gary Craig joined Aberdeen Inspired from Aberdeen Performing Arts in December 2014, where he served as Director of Finance and Corporate Services. He has previously worked with Grampian Police for more than eight years and was the force's finance director.

      Gary has extensive management experience and expertise in fields including finance and human resources and is looking forward to building on the work done by Aberdeen Inspired since the organisation was established in 2011.

    • Stephen Hepburn
    • Head of Business & Private Banking Centre - Clydesdale Bank
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      Stephen Hepburn Head of Business & Private Banking Centre - Clydesdale Bank

      Stephen is a Chartered Banker and holds an MSc in Organisational Development from the University of Glasgow Business School. He is currently Chairman of the Aberdeen District Committee of the Chartered Banker Institute and has more than 25 years experience in banking.

      Over the last 15 years he has held senior leadership positions in retail, private and business banking with Clydesdale Bank across Scotland. He is currently Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business & Private Banking Centre in Aberdeen where his team has responsibility for private banking clients and businesses with a turnover of up to £25m.

    • Philip Smith
    • Regional Director, Aberdeen City & Shire - Visit Scotland
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      Philip Smith Regional Director, Aberdeen City & Shire - Visit Scotland

      Philip has over 25 years of experience in the tourism and event sector working with organisations such as VisitBritain, British Waterways, VisitWales, Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government, Heart of England Tourist Board and Sail Scotland.

      Philip joined VisitScotland in 2013 as the Regional Director of Aberdeen City & Shire and also sits on the SCDI NE Committee, ACSEF Management Group and the Area Tourism Partnership.

    • Fiona Mann
    • Director of Operations and Safety - Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
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      Fiona Mann Director of Operations and Safety - Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre

      Fiona has 20 years’ experience in the Exhibition and Events industry, working for corporate clients in a commercial and competitive environment. She joined AECC in 2002 as Event Manager then in January 2012 was appointed to the AECC Board.

      Key Skills include being extremely organised, enthusiastic, flexible in approach, excellent at multi-tasking, great communicator and focused on delivery. She has client experience, and has engaged in budget control and public safety.

      Fiona has an IOSH Certificate in Managing Safely in Exhibition & Events Industry, and a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety with Distinction.

    • James Dunphy
    • Study Skills & Access Unit Coordinator - Robert Gordon University
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      James Dunphy Study Skills & Access Unit Coordinator - Robert Gordon University

      James Dunphy is responsible for widening participation, links with colleges and study support at Robert Gordon University (RGU). He is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee and has an interest in skills utilisation.

    • Jennifer Stanning
    • External Affairs Manager - Oil & Gas UK
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      Jennifer Stanning External Affairs Manager - Oil & Gas UK

      Based in Oil & Gas UK’s Aberdeen office for four years, Jenny manages Oil & Gas UK’s stakeholder and political relationships across all parties and at all levels in Westminster, Holyrood and Europe and in local authorities across the UK. Jenny was previously Head of Press for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and is a member of the CIPR

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    • Colin Taylor
    • Dean of Guild
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      Colin Taylor Dean of Guild

      Colin was elected Dean of Guild of the City of Aberdeen in 2014 and on 27th February 2015 the Lord Lyon King of Arms appointed him as Lord Dean of Guild of the City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen.

      Born in Aberdeen, he enjoyed a forty-two years career in insurance broking before retiring in 2006.

      Colin is a Director and Deputy Chairman of Sport Aberdeen, has been President of Junior Chamber Aberdeen, Chairman of the Scottish Senate of Junior Chamber Scotland, President of The Insurance Institute of Aberdeen, Chairman of The Royal Northern and University Club, Director of Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Aberdeen & District Cerebral Palsy Association and President of The FRS Club.  He is a Senator of Junior Chamber International and in 2014 was presented with a Scottish Samurai Award.

    • Kim John
    • President - Junior Chamber International
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      Kim John President - Junior Chamber International

      Kim is the 2015 President of JCI (Junior Chamber International) Aberdeen, an organisation which provides development opportunities that enable young people to create positive change.

      Internationally, JCI have over 200,000 members in 100 countries and hold ‘General Consultative’ status with the United Nations.  In Aberdeen, their focus lies with the development of members both personally and professionally together with taking an active role within the local community through charitable endeavours.

      Kim works for the leading trade association representing the UK oil and gas sector. Her role focuses on employee and industrial relations as well as facilitation of cross-sector engagement.